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Jake Xerxes Fussell for European/UK tour & new album on Fat Possum

Jake Xerxes Fussell for European/UK tour & new album on Fat Possum

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Jake Fussell at his home in Durham, North Carolina. Photo Credit: Kate Medley

The American singer and guitarist who plays folk and blues music, with an emphasis on Southern folk songs has also signed to to Fat Possum.

The North Carolina artist will released his fifth album When I’m Called on July 12th.

Fussell has also announced American, European and UK tour dates in August and September including an Irish date at The Workman’s Club in Dublin on Wednesday August 28th. Tickets for all shows go on
sale Friday at 10am local time. Full European / UK dates below.

‘Going To Georgia’ is the album’s first song.

“I learned the traditional song ‘Going to Georgia’ from
a few different places so my version is
something of a collage. There are a number of variants out there. Ralph
Stanley played a version of it, as did the great song collector and revivalist/interpreter Paul
 Clayton. My main source was an early 1980s field recording of The Eller Family of Hiawassee,
Georgia, brought to us by artist
-
documentarians Art and Margo Rosenbaum via their
wonderful Folkways anthology
 Folk Visions & Voices: Traditional Music and Song in Northern
 Georgia.”


Jake Xerxes Fussell

Fussell’s music is informed from his time with his father Fred C. Fussell, an Alabama folklorist, curator, and photographer who took his son on the road while he was recording blues and folk songs and musicians.

About the new album from Jake Xerxes Fussell

When I’m Called is Fussell’s richest work to date, a slate of warm instrumental textures abetting his glowing guitar and weathered baritone. It sees him returning to a well of music that holds lifelong sentimental meaning, contemplating the passage of time and the procession of life’s unexpected offerings. When I’m Called is produced by James Elkington, mixed by Tucker Martine, and features contributions from Elkington (guitar, piano, dobro,synth, organ, pedal steel, mandola, harmonica, arrangements), Blake Mills (guitar), Joan
 Shelley
(vocals), 
Ben
 Whiteley
(bass),
 Joe
 Westerlund
 (drums, percussion), 
Robin
 Holcomb
(vocals),
 Anna
 Jacobson
(horns),
 Jean 
Cook
(strings), and
 Hunter 
Diamond
(woodwinds).


Recognized for his compelling transliterations of traditional music, Fussell took an a typical 
approach to the material on 
When I’m Called, often constructing the music from the ground
up, before considering what existing source material could be applied to the song. Though his
affection for ballads spans mountainous Appalachian tunes to sea shanties and everything in
between, Fussell has found himself particularly close to field recordings made in the 1960s
and ’70s by painter, musician, and folklorist
 Art
 Rosenbaum
—
one of Fussell’s beloved late
mentors, who died in September 2022.
 When I’m Called’s lead single, “Going To Georgia,” 
showcasing Fussell’s trademark guitar stylings, is one such tune.


Jake Xerxes Fussell European Tour Dates


TWed. Aug 28 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club

Fri. Aug. 30
-
London, UK @ Lafayette


Sat. Aug. 31
-
Lewes, UK @ Con Club Lewes nr Brighton


Sun. Sept. 1
-
Bristol, UK @ Lantern Hall


Mon. Sept. 2
-
Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club


See Also
New Blood

Tue. Sept.
3
-
Glasgow, UK @ Mono


Wed. Sept. 4
-
Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute





Fri. Sept. 6 – Paris, FR @ L’Archipel

Sat. Sept. 7 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

Sun. Sept. 8 – Rotterdam, NL @ Kantine Walhalla


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